Mingle and meet at Victoria’s fourth annual, week-long Indian MeLa

Published: August 2, 2013

Cadence, 4, and her sister Venice Anderson, 6, enjoy some Indian cuisine during Indian Mela 2011 festival in Centennial square in Victoria on August 21, 2011. Adrian Lam/TIMES COLONIST

TIMES COLONIST

Mela is a Sanskrit word for gathering. The¬†India¬†Mela, which starts Monday, is a week-long celebration and an opportunity for Victoria’s¬†South Asian¬†community to share the richness of¬†Indian¬†culture with their neighbours. This is the fourth year of the event, hosted by the¬†India¬†Canada Cultural Association.

The previous three celebrations have been so successful that organizers have decided to extend the event to a full week. There will be two hours of programming every evening and two full days of entertainment next weekend.

Local performers Shane-e Punjab Apna Virsa join Vancouver-based groups Bollywood Hungama, A-slam and Jawani Ki Jhatka on stage. They will present traditional Indian dances including the Bhangra and the Dandia/Gabra, an ancient dance form that combines harmony and balance. There will also be classical Indian music and multicultural acts.

Visitors can sample traditional Indian cuisine as well as purchase arts and handicrafts.

Admission is free and the event runs 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 10, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 11 at Centennial Square. For more information click here.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,





Featured

india tragedy

Rain-triggered landslide buries Indian village, at least 17 dead and over 150 people trapped

MUNEEZA NAQVI THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW DELHI – Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India on Wednesday, killing…
Continue Reading »

Court conviction for deaths

Indian court convicts 10 people in 2004 primary school fire that killed 94 children

KATY DAIGLE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW DELHI — An Indian court convicted 10 people on Wednesday in a 2004 fire that tore through a thatched-roof…
Continue Reading »

Surrey

Surrey RCMP continue hunt for hit-and-run driver who struck a Sikh temple volunteer

TOM ZYTARUK SURREY NOW SURREY ‚ÄĒ¬† Surrey Mounties are still looking for the driver who ran down a Sikh temple volunteer in Newton last fall….
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

Surrey

Surrey RCMP continue hunt for hit-and-run driver who struck a Sikh temple volunteer

TOM ZYTARUK SURREY NOW SURREY ‚ÄĒ¬† Surrey Mounties are still looking for the driver who ran down a Sikh temple volunteer in Newton last fall….
Continue Reading »

Merritt music festival

Headdresses banned from Merritt music festival out of respect to First Nations

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI An electronic music festival this B.C. Day long weekend in Merritt has banned native headdresses from its campgrounds. ‚ÄúBass Coast Festival…
Continue Reading »

luxury brand market Vancouver

Asian tourists important for Vancouver’s high-end luxury retailers

SUSAN LAZARUK VANCOUVER DESI If you ever wandered by a high-end luxury retail outlet like Burberry or Tiffany‚Äôs and wondered who could afford thousands of…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

asdlkfjdal

‚ÄėI don‚Äôt get turned down by girls:‚Äô Calgary man jailed after stalking university classmate

DARYL SLADE CALGARY HERALD A man who became infatuated with a woman in his university class last year then repeatedly stalked her has been jailed….
Continue Reading »

india flag2

Sporting fans disappointed as Indian flag depicted upside down in Commonwealth Games promotional video

VANCOUVER DESI India is already making headlines as the Commonwealth Games officially kick off in Glasgow – but not for sporting-related reasons. In an official…
Continue Reading »

INDIA_RAPE_PROTEST_217126232

Angry villagers mob alleged suspects after another girl found hanging from tree in India

KOUSHIK DUTTA HINDUSTAN TIMES A 7-year-old girl was found raped, murdered and hanging from a tree in West Bengal on Thursday, resurfacing horrific memories from…
Continue Reading »

525020624_213567324

Indian baby whose head swelled to three times its size smiling and laughing a year later (w/ photos)

VANCOUVER DESI A three-year-old girl in New Delhi who was given little chance of survival after her head swelled to three times its normal size…
Continue Reading »

An Indian private tutor was caught on CCTV camera brutally beating a child. YouTube screenshot

Private tutor who mercilessly beat child finally arrested in Kolkata

IANS Kolkata ¬†– Private tutor Pooja Singh, who was caught on video brutally thrashing a three-and-a-half-year-old child in Kolkata, was finally arrested Friday, police said….
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Bollywood-Sonam Kapoor

I was obsessed with Salman Khan: Sonam Kapoor (w/gallery)

HINDUSTAN TIMES Sonam Kapoor may be a star in her own right now, but she doesn‚Äôt shy away from revealing that, as a kid, she…
Continue Reading »

Aamir Khan Katrina Kaif

Bollywood superhit ‘Dhoom: 3′ enters Chinese top 10 chart (w/gallery)

IANS Mumbai – Bollywood super hit “Dhoom: 3″, which reportedly opened on 2,000 screens in 400 Chinese cities, has entered the Chinese top ten chart….
Continue Reading »

Mahesh Bhatt

Bollywood filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt fasts during Ramadan as a tribute to his mother

SUBHASH K. JHA IANS¬† Mumbai – Mahesh Bhatt observes fasts during Ramadan as a tribute to his late mother and says on Eid he looks…
Continue Reading »